Senior commentator Harsha Bhogle has called out Waqar Younis after the former Pakistani pacer courted controversy after Pakistan’s famous 10 wicket win over India occurred on Sunday.
During the drinks break of the high voltage fixture between India and Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, Pakistan’s wicket keeper batsmen Mohammad Rizwan read Namaz on the ground. The video has gained a lot of popularity over the net in the due course of time.
After the match, former Pakistani pacer Waqar Younis became the topic of the hour after he commented that Rizwan reading Namaz in front of Hindus is the most satisfying incident that occurred on the pitch. In a conversation with Shoaib Akhtar and a Pakistani journalist, Younis said that it was a very special moment for him when Rizwan read Namaz in between 22 yards.
“Mohammad Rizwan offering Namaz in front of Hindus was very very special for me,” Younis was quoted as saying by Arya News.
Famous Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle did not find it cool. He said that former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis’ statement regarding Mohammad Rizwan offering Namaz “in front of Hindus” during Sunday’s India vs Pakistan encounter “is one of the most disappointing things I have heard”.
Bhogle took it to Twitter and said: “For a person of Waqar Younis’ stature to say that watching Rizwan offering Namaz in front of Hindus was very special to him, is one of the most disappointing things I have heard. A lot of us try hard to play such things down and talk up sport and to hear this is terrible.”
“I really hope that a lot of genuine sports lovers in Pakistan are able to see the dangerous side to this statement and join in my disappointment. It makes it very difficult for sports lovers like us to try and tell people it is just sport, just a cricket match,” he added.
Harsha Bhogle expects an apology from former Pakistani skipper Waqar Younis regarding this. He added: “You would think that cricketers, as ambassadors of our game, would be a little more responsible. I am sure there will be an apology on the way from Waqar. We need to unite the cricket world, not divide it by religion,” he said.